A hernia is a very common medical condition that occurs when an organ in the body bulges through an abnormal cavity in the wall of the tissue that surrounds the organ. When this occurs in the upper part of the stomach, it can force the stomach upward into the space that is normally occupied by the esophagus.
This type of hernia is known as a hiatal hernia. This type of hernia can vary greatly in size, ranging from minor ones that are roughly 2.5 inches in size to major hernias like a paraesophageal hernia, which may require surgery to correct. Hiatal hernias can vary in terms pain as well. Some patients may even feel no pain at all until the issue progresses to a more serious state.
At Center for Esophageal Wellnesse, gastrointestinal surgeon Dr. Reginald Bell has been helping patients with their esophagus and stomach issues for over 25 years. Contact us to schedule an appointment so Dr. Bell can help diagnose your issues and provide you with the quality care you deserve.